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Child thaiboxers: A fighting chance

At the tender age of 14, Bpaet is already an accomplished Thai boxer. He's aiming for a professional career. His coach certifies his talent and the necessary self-discipline, but the competition is fierce.

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Bpaet‘s mother disappeared and his father is an alcoholic, but he’s found a second home: the Thai boxing gym run by Boom Watthanaya and his wife Frances. They want to help child boxers escape poverty by offering them a future they can shape themselves. But Thai boxing is dangerous: it can result in serious injuries - even permanent damage for children. But Bpaet is focused entirely on winning the next match and has his sights set on a big career as a professional boxer. In the Red Corner Child Boxers in Thailand Report by Florian Nusch